And here you have it. I officially declare that Great Holiday Photography Competition open.
Below you will find the first list of subjects, the rules, the criteria and some helpful info.
Submissions open on December 1st. There will be a dedicated thread for submissions only and a separate one for discussions. That way we'll build one thread full of nothing but photos.
The first set of subjects:
- Holiday Food
- December Weather
- Christmas Lights / Holiday Lights
- Aerial shot of Your Neighbourhood
- "I don't like Christmas"
The second set of subjects:
- Gifts for the Holidays
- Toy Soldiers
- Cookies for Santa
- Holiday Office Party
- Opening Presents
- Celebrating 2010
The third (and final) set of subjects:
- A Big Clean Up
- "Party's Over..."
- Yummy Leftovers
- Charity / Kindness
- A Pleasant Evening Outdoors with Friends
- Still Dancing
What the prizes will be awarded for:
- Best overall quality - The person whose photos were most consistently good.
- Best individual photo - The one, most stunning photo of the whole contest.
- Special topics - Just submitting valid photos for the topics in red would be awarded because they're difficult.
- 100% - A special prize for anyone who submits valid photos for all twenty-four topics.
Best Overall: Hard copy book of your choice, e-book of your choice, I <3 HTML coffee mug and SitePoint t-shirt
Best Individual: Hard copy book of your choice, e-book of your choice, I <3 HTML coffee mug and SitePoint t-shirt
Red Topics: e-book of your choice and I <3 HTML coffee mug
100%: Hard copy book of your choice, e-book of your choice, and I <3 HTML coffee mug
ALL WORK MUST BE YOUR OWN.
Photos must be shot and submitted between December 1st, 2010 to January 16th, 2011.
No goofy Photoshop effects or overdone photo-manipulation. Entrants are allowed to correct colour, contrast, and make minor tweaks such as removing litter or distracting objects from a photo, but no surreal colours or crazy filters.
Pointers to Note:
Although we'll be posting topics in batches, you are free to shoot and submit photos from any batch at any time before January 16th. They don't need to be submitted in order, and the only deadline you have is the final deadline.
Although the topics are mostly holiday themed, any photograph submitted that describes the particular topic is valid. If the topic is "wine", for instance, the photo doesn't need to be "holiday" wine; A beautiful photo of a glass of wine is perfectly valid.
Photograph size: 900 - 2000 px length for the longer side of the photograph. DPI doesn't matter. JPG or PNG. Adding your name or a small, undestructive watermark to your images is recommended. Please upload as attachments or the submission thread will start taking forever to load.
Photographs will remain the property of the photographer, and all copyrights will belong to the photographer.
Sitepoint does request permission to publish photos submitted for this competition onto our Facebook Page and blog though, and for the sole purpose of promoting this competition and announcing its winners.
Paul Duncanson, the author of our book Photography for the Web has agreed to come on as our special guest judge. Alongside Paul on the judging panel is our very own Shaun(OfTheDead).